ALERT is proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer, David Youldon, Director of Research Dr Jackie Abell, and Director of Project Development, Rae Kokes have been invited to join the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.
"Conservation breeding is an important and valuable activity used to save species from extinction." IUCN
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization and provides a neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges.
Within the IUCN there exists various commissions, including the Species Survival Commission (SSC), which itself is comprised of various specialist groups.
The SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) is a global network of conservation professionals that provides species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations. CBSG supports a “One Plan Approach:”; integrated conservation planning for a species both inside and outside its natural range and under all conditions of management, with all responsible parties and available resources engaged to produce one comprehensive conservation plan for the species. Using expert facilitation and the application of science-based planning tools, CBSG works collaboratively to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of species conservation efforts worldwide.
Jackie remarked on her membership by saying "I'm delighted and honoured to be included. This means a lot to me personally, but above and beyond that, it is great news for ALERT and will help us enormously in moving forwards. I will serve as a member to the absolute best of my ability."